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WEST MARINE Admiral's Varnish

Model # 5437199Mfg # 418720108


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Manufactured exclusively for West Marine by a leading marine paint manufacturer, Admiral’s Varnish contains the highest amount of ultra-violet absorbers providing maximum protection against the sun. Admiral’s has a traditional amber color along with high gloss and outstanding durability.

  • Recommended Usage: Exterior or interior, above water
  • Formulation: Traditional alkyd, 48% solids (by volume)
  • Additives: Highest UV protection available
  • Application: Brush or spray (thinned for spray 20% with Pettit 120, Model 249961)
  • Drying Time: To touch: 2 hrs. at 70°F; overcoat: 18 hrs.
  • Number of Coats Recommended: Previously varnished surface: 2 to 3 coats; bare wood: 3 to 4 coats or more
  • Color: Clear amber
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Coverage: Brush: 112sq.ft./qt.; spray: 90sq.ft./qt.
  • Brush: 120, Model 249961; Spray: 121, Model 249995

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Appearently foolproof

By Angie, 1st Mate & Voice of Reason

from Port of Los Angeles

About Me Classic boat owner, Liveaboard, Perfectionist

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  • Durable
  • Excellent gloss
  • Great Flow
  • Pretty Quickly Tack Free
  • Repels water


    Best Uses

    • Reinforcing and coating
    • Wood surfaces

    Comments about Admiral's Varnish:

    After owning & working on our current boat for ~1 yr, it was time to get serious about the bright work. I'd dabbled with a few different products to date & wasn't completely satisfied with any of them. So, when I noticed the Admiral's at a great price on sale last week I grabbed it. SO GLAD I DID. After only 2 coats on my hand rail, its gorgeous. This is what wood is supposed to look like on a boat. Plus it's supposed to have the highest amount of UV protectants, so I'm hoping it will hold up.
    My prep included sanding to 180grit, vacuuming, rinsing down, let dry, then tacking down area & applying 1st coat with a brush (kind of substandard brush, to be honest). Let cure ~24hrs. Dry sand w/220. Vacuum, rinse, let dry, tack down, apply 2nd coat with same questionable brush. 24 hrs later, amazing, gorgeous. AND the one quart I bought went a lot further than I expected. I was able to 1st & 2nd coat about 40 feet of hand rail and the whole, exterior sb side of my salon cabin which is an area of approximately 60 sq.ft.
    My plan is to now to wet sand w/ 320 btwn coats 2-3 & 3-4. But so far I'm sold, I've prepped & applied in a similar manor in the past with other products & have never achieved such great results. Some cons: build per coat is only moderate and the "amber" color seems drkr than most others I've tried. Which wouldnt be my first choice in color or build but the trade off is worth it. We'll still have to see how long it lasts, I'll try to remember to check back next year for an update. But for now its off to W.M. for several more QTS (I didn't see it in gallon size) while it's still on sale.

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